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Everyone has a favorite food and mine is chicken soup. This week in honor of National Chicken Month I'm writing about my favorite food. My favorite chicken soup is not my mother’s but my own. Years of making it almost weekly and trying different ways to satisfy my family’s and my taste has brought it to near perfection. It’s simple and the recipe is forgiving. The best thing about soup is that it's so flexible; a handful of this, a pinch of that, and frequent tasting ends up being quite good. My favorite time to make chicken soup is any time. It's refreshing and it almost makes itself. The last time I made chicken soup was to initiate my new home’s kitchen, barely unpacked and with only the bare essential ingredients and equipment. It's an easy soup to make, and it helped me feel at home. Try this recipe, and while making it taste often; that's the best part.
National Watermelon Day! Yes, there is a day to celebrate almost every food and this food is actually more of a liquid. What do I mean by it is actually more like a liquid? Do you know watermelon is 92% water. What a great way to add more fluid to your diet in the summer!
Watermelon has Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B6 and 2 cups provides only 80 calories!
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Simple pleasures are the most enjoyable. And when a health benefit gives you pleasure it’s a great bonus. Milkshakes are one of life’s simple pleasures that are also good for your health. My favorite is vanilla. Which is yours? A milkshake is simply milk with ice cream. Have you ever wondered as you sip on a milkshake where they came from? Who made the first milkshake?
Surprisingly, milkshakes did not get their start the way you think. The original milkshakes, popular and first written about in 1885, were a concoction of egg, whiskey and sugar with some milk added. They were used as a “tonic” and a treat. As time passed people became more inventive and adventuresome and added other ingredients, varying the flavors, and making them much more exciting. Today you can have milkshakes of all flavors and nutrient value. Prepared with skim milk and frozen yogurt they can taste just as good as with whole milk and ice cream.
Around the early 1900s milkshakes were closer to what we know today, and were described as “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrups”. But note the absence of ice cream. Sometime in 1922 a Walgreens employee added ice cream to a traditional malted milk drink, and it became a hit. In the 1930s milkshakes made with ice cream were called “frosted”. It was that year that with the advent of Freon cooled refrigeration made storage and transportation of ice cream safe and practical. Between the 1930s and 1950s milkshakes and malts made with ice cream were the rave, a fact made even more popular by the movie industry. Who can forget the many scenes set in malt shops? By the ‘50s milkshakes were prepared using a variety of automated machines, a variety of ingredients, and the rest is history. Now we use not only milk and ice cream, but milkshakes can be made with non-dairy, low fat and low sugar ingredients. The addition of fruits and vegetables enhances their nutritional value and makes them much more than a pleasure to drink.
Make your own milkshakes; make them nutritious and delicious.You can find many milkshake recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food – Recipes to Enrich Life.
Iced Tea is refreshing on a hot day. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar, or try a flavored iced tea to add variety.
In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. It was a sizzler of a day, and fair visitors didn't want anything hot. Rather, they needed something to quench their thirst... something cold. He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold. It was an immediate hit. This was the first known use of iced tea.
It also has some great health benefits. Since ancient times, people have believed that tea has a wide range of medicinal uses. Modern research has given credibility to many of these beliefs and identified more In some cases research is not conclusive. Regardless of the final determination as to it's value over time, drink and enjoy because there is no research to suggest that it can hurt you and it just tastes good.
Iced Tea Day is a great excuse to enjoy this refreshing beverage!
Senior Health and Fitness day is held on the last Wednesday in May throughout the nation as part of the Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month activities. Many organizations and groups are holding events during this week and on Wednesday, May 28th to celebrate the day. However, senior health and fitness is not just a one day event. It is a lifestyle that requires a lifetime of effort and determination.
How are you celebrating this day? More important, what do you do during the year to ensure on this day you’re healthy and fit? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping mind and body active help keep everyone fit. Many community centers offer special activities focused on seniors. May 28th is an excellent day to explore those. It’s never too late to change lifetime habits that lead to better health. Why not celebrate your health every day of the year and be at your fitness best?
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Wash your hands! How many times have you heard someone say that or have you said it? Have you ever thought about all the germs growing on your hands? The best way to Fight Back is to wash your hands frequently and properly. Scrubbing your hands will reduce the number of bacteria on your hands.
The steps for handwashing are:
* Wet your hands
* Apply soap
* Rub your hands and build up a lather for 20 seconds.
* Rinse your hands for 10 seconds
* Dry your hands with a paper towel
* Using the paper towel, shut off the water
Proper handwashing is essential to stay healthy, especially when working with individuals who are high risk - children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals. Those individuals may need to have high protein, high calorie food. If you need assistance, check out the sample recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life and order your copy today.
Today is National Walking Day, and a good day to start walking at least 20 minutes a day. Walking has many health benefits, and it’s one the easiest forms of exercise we can do. Walking is free; there is no charge for walking on the street, in a park, to and from work or school, to and from dinner or on a date.
Regular walks help reduce the risk of many diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. Walking is recommended as a good way to control cholesterol level. As you exercise the activity helps to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels.
Because walking helps keep the body in shape, it improves the figure, strength and stamina, while at the same time maintaining muscle. Not only are legs strengthened and arms toned because of the swinging motion, but walking is a weight bearing exercise that also helps maintain bone density.
After taking a brisk walk most people feel energized because of the increased circulation. The increased blood flow in the brain lifts moods, relaxes the mind and helps improve everyone's mood. You can walk at your own pace, think your own thoughts, listen to music or chat with a friend.
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There is caffeine in many foods, not just in coffee, tea and chocolate. Caffeine is a bitter tasting stimulant considered a drug. Unlike many drugs, it is mostly unregulated and legal. Although caffeine occurs naturally in nature, it can also be manufactured chemically.
Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine may cause restlessness, anxiety and irritability. It may also cause insomnia, headaches and abnormal heart rhythms. Since it affects the neurological system some people experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using caffeine.
Caffeine is classified by the Food and Drug Administration as GRAS, or generally recognized as safe. There are safety issues related to caffeine use debated and contradicted by many studies, although some of the most reliable are in agreement. In 2010 the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists disclosed that up to 200 mg of caffeine per day is a safe amount for a pregnant woman. Amounts over 300 mg have been found to increase bone loss in the spines of women over 60. The average amount of caffeine ingested at one time in is estimated to be about 500 mg. Over 10 grams are required for most adults to experience a toxic effect. So clearly moderation is key.
Caffeine is commonly found in nature in the leaves or berries and fruit of many plants. In this environment it can either paralyze and kill some insects eating the plants, or rewards those like bees that pollinate. It is estimated that about 120,000 tons of caffeine stemming from all sources are consumed in the world each day.
Read the labels carefully on these types of products which may have large quantities of caffeine added to the product.
Red, plump, sweet, juicy luscious strawberries. It used to be that I couldn’t wait for summer and strawberry season to start. Going out to the fields in Southern California and picking our own was such family fun. Eating as we picked was the much awaited treat that rewarded the drive to Orange County. Better yet was listening to my three daughters and their friends picking the plumpest during the drive back home, while they giggled and made up games – strawberry games! Usually these involved who could throw it up and get it land in their mouth in the moving van. It would usually depend on how much mother dared swerve, or tap the breaks, and make the strawberry miss the mark. The peals of laughter are never forgotten and I can’t ever eat a strawberry and not remember those days, and those laughs.
Once home we sorted the red fruits by size and purpose. The best looking ones were placed in a basket in a shady cool spot to eat fresh for as short as they would last. Next came the ones to make jam with. And then, the best part! “who wants to make strawberry ice cream?” and the chorus of “I do! I do!” I drove down the hill for ice and salt while the older children prepared the berries, removing the stems, rinsing and slicing. Our recipe was simple, milk, sugar, strawberries. The churning took too long and it usually took bribes of the last one to churn being the first to lick the blades to finish the process.
Strawberries are now available year-round, imported from other countries with different climates throughout the year. Although I like the idea of being able to eat fresh strawberries whenever I want them, I miss the wonderful sense of excitement waiting for this wonderful, nutritious treat.
Since you can now buy fresh strawberries all year, why don’t you consider adding them to one of the thirty smoothie recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food – Recipes to Enrich Life?
Digna and Linda have years of experience working with individuals needing assistance to eat sufficient calories and protein in multiple settings. Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life is our way to share this knowledge with clients, patients, athletes, caregivers, and professionals.